Category: FNSW

FNSW Futsal Cup Quarter Final

After defeating Raiders Futsal in the Round of 16, the 2018 FNSW Futsal Cup draw had the Boomerangs senior men’s side scheduled to take on Dural Warriors in the Quarter Finals on 14 November 2018.

Dural Warriors had defeated Eastern Suburbs Hakoah in the opening round to progress to the final eight and had been in some solid form so far this season, dropping only five competition points (one loss, one draw) in the FNSW PL1 competition across the first half of the season to sit on top of the league ladder.

Dural has traditionally been a strong PL1 men’s team and is usually littered with Australian representative players. They are also coached by the most recent Australian Futsalroos coach.

Over the years – both in PL1 and in the F-League – it would be fair to say that Dural has had the best of matchups against Boomerangs men’s team, however, on nearly all occasions the matches are close, tight and entertaining tussles, where high-quality futsal is played.

This match was no different, with the travelling Boomerangs (with players having driven three hours to Valentine Park after a day’s work or schooling) starting the match strongly and having the best of the first five or so minutes of the match. However, as Dural settled into their rhythm, they ‘owned’ the ball far more than the Boomerangs and were camped for much of the remainder of the first half in their offensive end.

The Boomerangs men defended extremely well, with their team hussle-defence working well with each player supporting others. A 0-0 half-time score representing the fine work they did in protecting their goals.

The second half saw Continue reading “FNSW Futsal Cup Quarter Final”

FNSW Futsal Cup Round of 16

The 2018 FNSW Futsal Cup draw had both Boomerangs senior men’s and women’s teams scheduled to take on Raiders Futsal in the Round of 16 on 23 October 2018.

Raiders v Boomerangs FS Women
The women’s match kicked off proceedings at 7 pm with a close to full-strength women’s team heading up the Hume Highway late Tuesday afternoon. After their weekend league result (9-1 victory) over Sydney City Eagles fresh on their mind, the ladies were chock-full of confidence. The earlier clash between Boomerangs and Raiders in Round 1 of the PL2 competition saw the Boomerangs prevail 3-1.

The Raiders though thought nothing of the form guide and hit the court full of vigour and determination. The match was evenly-poised a minute from half-time at one goal apiece, however, two quick goals before the break swung the momentum back in Raiders favour.

The second half saw a Continue reading “FNSW Futsal Cup Round of 16”

FNSW PL2 17/18 Season Review

Season 17/18 for the Boomerangs FS club in the FNSW PL2 competition was a highly successful one, enjoyable and with some fantastic futsal being played along the way. And whilst falling a bit short of expectations (of gaining promotion to PL1), the playing and coaching group improved significantly and gained a whole lot of confidence, especially with results at the back end of the season and through the finals campaign for the competitive age groups. Watch out PL2 in 18/19!

DEVELOPMENT SQUADS
10 Boys / 11 Boys / 11/12 Girls
The youngest Boomerangs teams, the ‘Baby Boomers’ once again developed their skills, both individually and as teams, and learnt more about what it takes to play in a high-level futsal competition. The match experience gained in playing some strong Sydney teams, as well as the raft of local ACT-based games that they also competed in, helped to build these groups of kids as players and ultimately to prepare them for playing in the competitive age groups. Of course, many of them did play up in those age groups, both boys and girls — some as young as 10 years old —  and they played with distinction, never letting the team down and contributing by playing their role, listening to the coach and helping their teammates.

*Note that the MVP awards were voted by the players themselves and the coaches award based on criteria the coach thought most valuable.  Continue reading “FNSW PL2 17/18 Season Review”

FNSW PL2 17/18 Grand Finals

Week 3 of the FNSW PL2 17/18 finals series saw the remaining four of the nine competitive Boomerangs teams play in the Grand Final for the right to be named Champions of the 17/18 season.

It was a  terrific day at Valentine Park with Grand Finals for all age groups from 12 boys through to Open Men’s and including the AWD Grand Final.  The Boomerangs club was represented in four of the nine matches (excl AWD), equal best representation with Raiders futsal – and indeed were set to battle it out with Raiders in three of those four Grand Finals.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

15 Girls: Boomerangs 2 – 0 Raiders Futsal (ht 1 – 0)
After the loss to Raiders in the qualifying semi-final, the 15 girls were hurting. They were keen to go through the season undefeated, and the loss in the semi-final put a dint in that goal. They were as determined as any team to make amends and to win the match that really did matter – the Grand Final.

Coach Mark Dowling always has a plan for each match Continue reading “FNSW PL2 17/18 Grand Finals”

FNSW PL2 R5 Wrap

Round five of the 17/18 FNSW Premier League 2 competition saw the Boomerangs club travel again up the highway to Sydney’s western suburbs, with a competitive round of matches against Raiders Futsal at Wetherill Park. Raiders have regularly been a top performing team in PL2 and are generally in the mix for promotion to PL1 at the end of every season.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
Raiders could not offer games against development squads, so matches were organised against Mountain Majik at Blacktown. Majik have a comprehensive junior development program which sees them as one of the top clubs in NSW. Games were arranged for each of the development squads including an early match for 11 boys, a mid-morning match for the 11/12 girls and two afternoon matches for the 10 boys. The young ‘baby boomer’ squads continue to develop and it is matches such as these – against well coached and drilled Sydney teams – that will provide them with the tough competition to allow them to continue growing as players and as teams. We thank the Majik club (a PL1 club) for inviting us to play.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 2 – 4 Raiders (ht 1-1)
The 12 boys started their match against Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R5 Wrap”

FNSW Indoor 5s Futsal Cup

This season, Boomerangs FS have entered their open men’s and women’s teams into the inaugural Football NSW Futsal Cup competition, being run in conjunction with Indoor 5’s Futsal Inc.

The men have a first-up match on Wednesday, November 1 against UNSW FC Futsal at Valentine Park. The women drew a bye in the first round and will play their first match on November 21.

This is a mid-week competition, with all matches being played at Valentine Park, Glenwood (from 6.30pm onwards).

Boomerangs FS congratulates Football NSW and Indoor 5s Futsal for supporting this concept and look forward to competing against all comers. For further information on the Futsal Cup competition, head to https://footballnsw.com.au/competitions/futsal-cup/.

FNSW PL2 R4 Wrap

Round four of the 17/18 FNSW Premier League 2 competition saw the Boomerangs club at home up against Phoenix Futsal – a club which has aspirations for the Club Championship and promotion to PL1. Both clubs sat atop the Club Championship table before this round (with the Boomers only slightly ahead), so this round was a good test of where the club is at for this PL2 season.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
The development squads each had games in the lead up to the nine competitive PL2 matches for this round. The 10 boys took on a highly competitive Gungahlin team and were pushed all the way in an evenly contested match. The 11 boys and 11/12 girls took on visiting Phoenix sides and again had some terrific competition against the travellers. These young ‘baby boomer’ squads are coming along well in their development and those who ‘graduate’ to the competitive age groups next year (and beyond) will be well and truly ready for the competition.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 5 – 1 Phoenix (ht 4-0)
The 12 boys had a very solid game against a skilful visiting Phoenix side. The boys gave the visitors little time to settle with a strong opening, including three goals in the first ten minutes of the match. From there Phoenix were always chasing the game, and they put up a good fight, but the Boomerangs youngest boys consolidated to make it 4 zip at the break. The second half saw Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R4 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R3 Wrap

Round three of the 17/18 FNSW Premier League 2 competition saw the Boomerangs club at home at the AIS against Central Coast Futsal – a club which had, this season, been promoted to the PL2 competition from State League.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
The Central Coast Club did not bring any development squads with them on the long haul to the ACT, so the youngest Boomerangs again played locally arranged matches – the 10 boys against the 11/12 girls and the 11 boys up against local junior side Gungahlin. Both matches were entertaining, fast and full of high skill level futsal. Importantly also, all four teams showed a good focus on defence and the games were tight with goals precious for all sides.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 4 – 3 Central Coast Futsal Club (ht 2-2)
The 12 boys had a tough match against a strong Central Coast side that has had mixed fortunes so far this season. These two evenly matched teams battled it out in the first half to end up all square as the halftime whistle blew (at 2-2).  The second half saw the intensity raise a notch and the home team managed to get the edge by scoring two terrific goals to the visitors single. A special note Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R3 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R2 Wrap

The second round of the 17/18 FNSW Premier League 2 (PL2) competition saw the Boomerangs club travel to Redfern to take on the Sydney Futsal Club at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
The Sydney Futsal Club provided some strong opposition for the 11 development boys to play and it was a good hitout for the young Boomerangs boys. Whilst being generally outplayed and outmuscled, the lads are continuing to develop their play and learning to match it with tougher opposition. Earlier in the day, the 10 boys development squad took on Sydney City Eagles across town at the new Michael Clarke Recreation Centre in Western Sydney. There was no game for the 11/12 development girls squad.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 0 – 8 Sydney Futsal Club (ht 0-3)
The 12 boys had a tough time on their hands against yet another quality 12 boys team. They matched it with the Sydney Futsal 12 boys in the first half but failed to take advantage of the opportunities in the front third of the court. The second half saw the home team power home full of confidence and some terrific teamwork. The 12 boys are continuing to develop their skills and team play, but lack some of the size and physicality of the top teams in this competition.

13 Girls: Boomerangs 2 – 1 Sydney Futsal Club (ht 0-1)
The 13 girls match was a terrific Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R2 Wrap”

FNSW PL2 R1 Wrap

After what seemed like a long off-season, Saturday 8 October saw the 2017-18 Football NSW Premier League 2 season kick off with a home round against the Sydney City Eagles club.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Curtain raiser matches included a scratch match between the Boomerangs 10 boys and 11/12 girls teams. It was a very competitive match with both teams working hard at both ends of the court, and with only a couple of goals separating the two teams. The 10 boys are coming on well under the watchful eye of coaches Nick Rathjen and Ahmed Ugool as are the 11/12 girls who are also building their skills and team play nicely with Nick van Aalst, Grace Basser-Silk and Isobel D’Amico curating their development.

The next game was also a development squad game featuring 11-year-old boys from both the Boomerangs and visiting Eagles. The match was an even encounter which provided an opportunity for the boys to have solid run against some tougher Sydney opposition. Again, the Boomerangs young boys are developing their individual and team skills well under Ben Basser-Silk and performed creditably.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 2 – 4 Sydney City Eagles
The competitive matches (the ones played for competition and club championship Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R1 Wrap”